HANFORD — A probation search led to the discovery of a butane honey oil lab, drugs and firearms, Kings County Sheriff’s officials said.
On Thursday, members of the Kings County Narcotic Task Force, Kings County Gang Task Force, Kings County Sheriff’s Ag Detectives and Kings County Probation Officers conducted a probation search at 11221 Evergreen Lane in Hanford.
During the probation search, investigators said they discovered and seized a functioning and active butane honey oil lab on the property.
Authorities said butane honey oil labs pose a danger to everyone in the community due to its potential to injure members of the public or law enforcement.
Honey oil is a concentrated cannabis product made using highly flammable butane to extract the psychoactive THC from the plant. It gets its name from the gooey, honey-like consistency of the final product.
The butane used to make the oil can cause fires and even explosions resulting in severe burns and injuries. The labs are also often contaminated with hazardous vapors and chemicals and damage or loss of property as a result of a butane honey oil lab explosion is significant.
Officials said the California Department of Justice High Impact Investigation Team and their laboratory team were called out to render the lab safe and properly dispose of any hazardous chemicals and materials.
Along with honey oil, investigators said they also discovered and seized methamphetamine, over fifty pounds of marijuana, several firearms and a large amount of ammunition during the search of the residence.
Four arrests were made as a result of the investigation: Coleton Jack Cason, Edwin John Dias, Kimberly Susan Dias and Madison Lambeth Wright were all booked into the Kings County Jail on numerous narcotic and firearms charges, sheriff’s officials said.
Due to the serious nature of the charges, officials said the bail amount was set at over $500,000 for each person.